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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

agm Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (314 comments)

I can put anything on a CD I like. I can go into the bush and record 2 hours of bird noises. Nobody can tell me I am not allowed to make as many copies of such a CD as I like.

2 days ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

agm Re:Good luck with that. (314 comments)

The AARC is making the assumption that the only CDs that can be put into the car's stereo system are CDs with content they own the copyright of. That's patently not true. People can put in CDs that have their own music (that is, music they themselves have created). Because of this I don't think the AARC have a leg to stand on. CM and Ford wouldn't be infringing copyright laws - end users would be.

2 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

agm Re:Another Option (152 comments)

Life is streamed in the form of a continual inflow of photons to receptors on our retina. From that point of view everything we see is streamed. What a crappy poll indeed.

3 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

agm Re:Another Option (152 comments)

Or digital television streamed via a satellite dish. Surely that's "streamed media"?

about a week ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

agm Re:Not Australian, but I support this! (153 comments)

It's their right to do this though. It's their content, paid for by them and produced by them. They should be able to put any restrictions they like on where they can sell it. I do not believe though that they should be allowed to prevent people from using their own personal equipment to copy bits to other equipment. Copyright shouldn't exist.

about three weeks ago
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Help Crowd-FOIA Stingray Usage Across America

agm Re:Funny (89 comments)

Of course, because one of the conditions of entry is that such dangerous things are not done. That's called property rights and is a core part of freedom.

about a month and a half ago
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Help Crowd-FOIA Stingray Usage Across America

agm Re:Funny (89 comments)

You cannot have freedom if the means to acquire it to remove some freedoms. That makes no sense.

about a month and a half ago
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Help Crowd-FOIA Stingray Usage Across America

agm Funny (89 comments)

Your government forces you to pay for the police system and the many spy systems in place, and you have to pay *again* to find out how they've been using your money to spy on you.

Land of the free indeed. How did you let your government gain so much control?

about a month and a half ago
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NRC Human Spaceflight Report Says NASA Strategy Can't Get Humans To Mars

agm Re:Kickstarter? (206 comments)

Funding NASA by voluntary payment instead of compulsion is the only ethical way.

about 2 months ago
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How Predictable Is Evolution?

agm Re:Repeatable as Fuck (209 comments)

This tells us that getting a sensor is repeatable. There are high-level design details of eyes that are divergent across species. The "blind spot" is a flaw in the eye design that is shared by all vertebrates, but cephalopods don't have it. Either it's very hard to mutate our way out of the flaw, or the flaw is by itself not important enough for the extraordinarily rare mutants who evolve their way past it to gain any ground on non-mutant populations.

If an eye with no blind-spot somehow causes a person to be more likely to have offspring than a person with a blind-spotted eye then perhaps there would be selection pressure. Otherwise it won't make a bit of difference from an evolutionary point of view.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

agm Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

The blame can be laid squarely at the feet of Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution. That is what has grown the government into the massive beast that it is.

about 4 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

agm Currency? (240 comments)

I assume this means New Zealand dollars (as I do for all sites where it doesn't explicitely say). I mostly spend money on childrens' educational apps, probably up to NZD$50 a year.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

agm Re:Automatically? (142 comments)

I update at least once every two days and I very rarely experience problems caused by portage. It pulls in all requred dependencies for me automatically and I can stop it from installing crap I don't want via USE flags. I've run a number of linux distributions and gentoo is my favourite.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

agm Re:Automatically? (142 comments)

Not for those of us running Gentoo linux.

Then you're in luck! You get to do it the hard way, which should please you since you're using Gentoo.

Typing emerge --sync && emerge -uDNvt world is hardly what I would call "hard". The point of my post is that not all users can automatically update as the article summary suggested.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

agm Automatically? (142 comments)

...and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically

Not for those of us running Gentoo linux.

about 4 months ago
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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

agm Re:Gubbamints... (358 comments)

There's nothing unreasonable about different companies having different standards. This is none of the governments' business. It's regulation where there should be none. The state should stick to their core business of protecting people from the initiation of force.

about 5 months ago
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Github Rolls Out New Text Editor Atom

agm Re:Really? (82 comments)

No, I'm a fan of well structured development toolkits. Don't get me wrong - javascript is fantastic. It's when you add to it the DOM that it becomes a pigs arse.

about 5 months ago
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Github Rolls Out New Text Editor Atom

agm Really? (82 comments)

If using web technologies to build a native application is the answer, then we've asked the wrong question.

Javascript, DOM, CSS etc are a bastardised mish-mash of technologies that lack elegance and coherence; they've come about from the legacy need to display static pages in a browser. To gain functionality more and more features have been added like throwing crap against a wall in the hope something will stick. Using this spaghetti system to drive a text editor makes little sense from a technology point of view.

about 5 months ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

agm Re:Units (69 comments)

Yes, my mistake, I falsely assumed the link took me to the authoritative source - next time I'll check! I find it difficult to visualise a foot, a mile, or a pound; metres and kg seem more natural. But that's edging ever so closely to troll territory so I'll stop now.

about 5 months ago
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Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

agm Units (69 comments)

It seems backwards that a scientific organisation still uses the archaic units of feet, pounds and miles when describing an event such as this.

about 5 months ago

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